Your 20s are some of the best years for traveling for young men. You are just on the brink of adulthood, so you can still let loose. Unfortunately, being a 20-year-old man also means that you probably won’t have that much money for your traveling.
But don’t worry; we are here to help.
Today, we have prepared five travel tips that every 20-something guy needs to know, especially if you are running on a tight budget. We have a lot to talk about, so let’s begin.
Make use of discount deals
Discounts and off-season booking are your best friends. Every veteran traveler will tell you that you need to plan and book your trips at least six months in advance. This way you can catch a great off-season deal for a hostel accommodation, plane ticket, and so on. Of course, you don’t have to plan small weekend trips like this. However, if you are going overseas, booking a hotel six or more months in advance can save you quite a bit of money.
Packing a traveling bag is not about bringing everything from your closet. Instead, it’s about packing essentials and staying comfortable. For example, you don’t have to bring five different shirts, just a couple of them will be enough. Also, don’t bother looking slick on your travels. After all, you will be walking and sweating for most of the time there. Instead, focus on being comfortable. A nice pair of men’s Birkenstock sandals may be just right for you and they will make sightseeing much more enjoyable.
Food is one of the biggest expenses on any travel. Sure, if you have an all-inclusive deal with your hotel, then you won’t have to worry about this. However, if you prefer staying in a private accommodation, you will have to find places to eat by yourself. While eating at restaurants is a go-to option for most people, these expenses can add up quickly. That is why we recommend eating at small local joints; you can find bigger (and often better) meals for half the price at these mom-and-pop grills.
Use travel apps
Next, you should make use of travel apps. Hiring a guide to walk you through a city is expensive. Fortunately, now, we have free smartphone apps that can serve as your tour guide. They come equipped with a map, information about sights, opening hours, and any other piece of information that you may need. Of course, they cannot replace a real tour guide, but if you are looking to save some money, travel apps will help a lot.
Other forms of transportation
Finally, you should consider using some other forms of transportation than buses and cabs. For example, all major cities around the world have rental bikes. You can pick one for a much lower fee than a cab, and get to experience the city in a completely different way.
Furthermore, if you plan to travel from city to city, you can even hitchhike. If you are feeling adventurous, hitchhiking is the best way to cover long distances and create memorable moments in the process. Despite what most people think, hitchhiking is not that dangerous. However, you should be careful and follow the hitchhiker safety rules.
And that is about it for today. As you can see, traveling in your 20s is possible, even if you don’t have a ton of money; you just need to set your priorities. So, the next time you start planning a trip, remember these five tips and you will have no problem fitting amazing trips into your modest budget.
Author: Peter Minkoff